My Charleston Week: Sept. 10-17
Monday, September 10, 2012
This charity event has a food focus as some of the area’s finest chefs will be serving up their signature dishes. Participating restaurants include 82 Queen, Bambu, Blu, Cru Cafe and Catering, Halls Chophouse, Hamby Catering and Events, Iacofano’s Italian Bistro, Lana, Laura Alberts Tasteful Options, Lowcountry Eats, Poogan’s Porch, Relish Distinctive Catering, Rita’s Seaside Grille, Saffire, Smokesouth, Tristan, and Virginia’s on King. At 6 p.m. Thursday at the Marriott Crystal Ballroom on Lockwood Drive, kick off the evening by bidding on silent auction items as you sip on cocktails and nibble on dish samples. The highlight of the evening is the live auction, which will be headed up by HGTV “Designed to Sell” star Terry Haas. Tickets to the event are $200. Funds raised will fund research into the causes and preventions of premature birth, which affects half a million babies and their families every year, including 184 babies in South Carolina in an average week. For more information, go to www.marchofdimes.com/southcarolina.
Mozart in the South Festival
Produced by Chamber Music Charleston, this fourth annual event allows for immersion into classical music. During the 4-day festival, the 13 core musician of Chamber Music Charleston will be playing in various ensembles alongside guest artists from across the country. The festival opens Thursday with a piano master class with Andrew Armstrong at Circular Congregational Church. Mozart’s comic opera “The Impresario” will be performed Friday at the Sottile Theatre. On Saturday in Marion Square, there will be a free family event, “Little Mozart Circus.” The festival concludes on Sunday with a grand finale performance of music for piano and strings; a courtyard reception will follow. For details on performances, including pricing information, go to www.MozartInTheSouth.org or call 763-4941.
World TeamTennis Finals
The Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island will again be hosting an amazing weekend of all-star tennis. Watch greats John McEnroe, Venus Williams, Martina Hingis and more as they compete for the King Trophy (named after WTT co-founder Billie Jean King). Friday will see the WTT Western Conference Championship, which will feature the Orange County Breakers against the Sacramento Capitals. The Eastern Conference Championship, which pits the Washington Kastles against the NY Sportimes, will take place on Saturday. Conference Championship games start at 6:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the Eastern and Western Conference Champions will face off for the title. Single session tickets start at $35; weekend packages start at $70. Tickets are available at the Tennis Center Box Office, which can be reached at 1-800-677-2293, or via Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. For more about the finals, check out www.WTT.com or www.familycirclecup.com.
Charleston Scottish Games
This 41st annual gathering Saturday at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant truly offers you a taste of Scotland. Featuring caber (telephone poll) tossing, high-stepping highland dancers, bagpipers, kilts, border collie demonstrations, traditional fare and more, you’ll be well entertained. The Games offer a variety of competitions, and the kids will even have their own scaled-down version. Performances will include a 7 p.m. concert by Celtic groups Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans and Rathkeltair, which will perform Scottish and Irish folk songs. Tickets for the Games are $17, $4 for kids under 12 in advance and $20, $5 for kids under 12 the day of; a ticket for the games includes the concert. Tickets for the concert (after 3 p.m.) are $15. Tickets can be purchased at www.charlestonscots.org or at Sticky Fingers restaurants. Events run 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Find out more at boonehallplantation.com.
Saturday, things are going to the dogs, and the cats, and the horses, and the reptiles … you get the idea. Pack up the pets (dogs must be on leashes, cats in carriers) and head to the Exchange Park in Ladson from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of demonstrations and contests. Pet Helpers will be administering distemper and rabies vaccines for $7 each to cats and dogs from noon to 3 p.m. Pets also will be available for adoption. Food (Hubee D’s, Ms. Jackie’s Catering, Carvel, Kool Katz Italian Ice, Southern Occasions Catering, Festival Foods and Laura’s Hot Dogs) and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is $2, kids 12 and under get in free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit all participating rescue and shelter groups. For details, check out www.postandcourieradvertising.com/petexpo/events.html.